Please ensure that your English qualification meets our requirements in time for applying.


To apply for the one of the disciplines in the Small Animal Residency programme you must meet the following requirements:

  • Member (or eligible for membership) of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons RCVS. 
  • Confirm you have the right to study in the UK.  
    • Non-UK/EU citizens are welcome to apply for any Residency. We are keen to find the best candidates regardless of their nationality and currently have several non-UK/EU Residents. Funding models for these posts are weighted towards UK/EU citizens, so when candidates are equal, Residencies will be offered to UK/EU citizens. 
  • Twelve months experience as a qualified veterinarian (desirable).


EU Students

For up-to-date information on post-brexit arrangements for students please see: RVC Visas and Immigration.


How do I apply?

Please note:  

  • Only online application forms submitted through our system will be considered. 
  • Please apply using your personal email address, college/university email addresses will not be accepted.

A list of specialisations including Anatomic and Clinical Pathology will appear on the application - please select the discipline you are applying for.  Please note Anaesthesia & Analgesia and Neurology and Neurosurgery can be found under the Comparative How to Apply section. 

There are a number of documents which you will need to upload to your application form. Before you begin filling in the form you should have the following information to hand:

  • Your CV.
  • A personal statement explaining why you would like to undertake the specialisation you are applying for.  Please see essential attributes for the discipline you are interested in.
  • A transcript of your degree(s) - this must be a certified translation if the original was not issued in English.
  • 2 references. These can either be uploaded directly to the form, or their contact details entered, which will automatically send an email to your referees requesting them to submit a reference.  Please see Further guidance on references.  If we don’t receive your references by the closing date, your application may not be processed.
  • A certified copy of your IELTS test if applicable (see below).

If you are experiencing problems in uploading your documents through our on line application system, please submit your application without the documents and forward your documents to   with a covering email stating the name of the residency/internship and confirming you have submitted your application.  This may be due to old browser versions, some mobile phones and ipads that are not compatible with our on line application system. Trying a computer may be successful.


What if English is not my first language?

You must be able to communicate clearly in English, both verbally and in writing.

If English is not your first language, you must be able to communicate clearly in English, both verbally and in writing. You must take an IELTS (Academic) test (or equivalent). For the Residency programme you must attain 7 in IELTS (Academic) with no element below 6.5.  A certified copy of your test result must be submitted with your application. The test result must have been obtained within 2 years of the start date of the course. 

Please see a list of English qualifications we will accept as alternatives to IELTS.

It is advisable that applicants arrange to take the IELTS exam as soon as possible due to limited availability. 

Applications that do not satisfy our criteria will not be considered for shortlisting.  

Foreign language applicants are encouraged to practice as a veterinary surgeon in the UK for at least one year prior to application.


Admissions Policy & Procedures

Further information on the recruitment procedure can be found here.


Important Dates

Closing date: Thursday,19th November 2020

Interview date: 25th January - 8th February 2021 (see individual disciplines for exact dates)

Interviews will be held in a virtual format.

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